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Temple Sinai Visits Croatia and the Balkans with Rabbi Brad Levenberg

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  • Optional flights to and from Zagreb as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 9 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 8.5 days of touring with local tour escort and licensed, English speaking local tour guides as needed in each city (1.5 days in Zagreb, half-day in Plitvice, 1 day in Split, 2 days in Dubrovnik, 1 day in Sarajevo)
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group throughout
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from/to the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 6 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Water on the bus throughout
  • Portage at the hotels
  • Tips for the tour educator, tour escort, local guides and driver.

 

Day One: Sunday, June 14, 2020
DEPARTURE

  • 7:55 p.m. Depart Atlanta on Air France flight #689.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday, June 15, 2020
THE START OF A SPECIAL JOURNEY

  • 10:25 a.m. Arrive Paris.
  • 3:15 p.m. Depart on Air France flight 1560.
  • 5:10 p.m. Arrive at Zagreb International Airport.
  • Meet your tour educator who will accompany you on this journey of education and inspiration.
  • Begin your tour with an orientation tour of Zagreb to get a feel for the city. Enjoy a walking tour to the historic Upper Town and see some of the best-preserved buildings in Europe.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Welcome to the Balkans: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Our Journey Together: During this introduction session, we'll look forward to the days ahead, preview some of the highlights and themes of our trip, and share personal expectations of what we will experience in the Balkans.

Meals: Dinner

Overnight: Zagreb

 

Day Three: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
EXPLORING ZAGREB

  • Visit Mirogoj Cemetry. It is not only one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe with arcades and cupolas designed by architect Herman Bolle, it is also a park and artistic gallery and since the 19 century it serves as a central cemetery where members of all faith are buried (Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Protestant and Jewish).  In the Jewish section, view the statue of Moses with 10 commandments, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. The statue is made by notable Croatian sculptor, Antun Augustincic whose Peace monument stands in front of the United Nations building in New York City.
  • Visit the former site of the Synagogue, which was completely destroyed in 1942, today with a plaque on Praska street.
  • Visit the Jewish Community building and meet with leaders of the local Jewish community.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • Visit the Mimara Museum, which houses approximately 3,700 works of art donated by Ante Topic Mimara. The collection comprises more than 1,500 exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Lorenzetti, Raffaello, Giorgione, Veronese, Caravaggio, Canaletto, 60 paintings by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Ruisdael, 50 works by the Flemish masters Van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, more than 30 by the Spanish masters Velasquez, Murillo, Goya, some 20 paintings by the German masters Holbein, Liebermann, Leibl, some 30 paintings by the English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Bonington and more than 120 paintings by the French masters Georges de la Tour, Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Degas.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Zagreb

 

Day Four: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
PLITVICE - ONE OF CROATIA'S NATURAL WONDERS

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Zagreb and drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the largest national park in Croatia.
  • Explore the park, known for its chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. 
  • Lunch at Plitvice.
  • Continue to Split.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Split

 

Day Five: Thursday, June 18, 2020
SPLIT & ITS JEWISH HERITAGE

  • Visit Diocletian's Palace, a Roman palace located in the heart of Split and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the well-preserved cellars of the palace and the peristyle, which is an inner colonnaded courtyard, where official audiences took place.
  • Explore the old Jewish quarter, which occupies the northwestern part of the former palace and is still known as the ghetto. 
  • Visit the synagogue, housed in a residential building in the northwestern corner of the former palace. In 1942 Italian fascists ravaged the tiny sanctuary, throwing most of the ritual objects, archives, Torah scrolls, and books onto a bonfire in the main town square. The synagogue was restored after World War II and again renovated and reopened in 1996. It now shares a building with the Jewish community headquarters.
  • Visit the Old Jewish cemetery, which was founded in 1573 when a special site on the eastern slope of Mount Marjan was appropriated by the Municipality for that specific purpose. Its attractive setting, on the wooded slope overlooking the city, makes the cemetery particularly picturesque. The cemetery offers a unique display of traces of the past. There are over 700 graves, with readable tombstones from the 18th-20th centuries. The last burial at this cemetery took place in 1945 when it was closed and protected as a monument. The tombstones are of the horizontal Sephardi type; some are shaped like a sarcophagus roof, and the others are flat, slightly inclined slabs. The tombstones have inscriptions in Hebrew, with additional epitaphs in Italian or Croatian on the newer monuments.
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Split

 

Day Six: Friday, June 19, 2020
JEWISH HERITAGE IN DUBROVNIK

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Drive to Dubrovnik, an intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia.
  • Visit Dubrovnik's Jewish cemetery. The original cemetery was established in 1652 in the Ploce district, outside the northern ramparts of the old city. The community sold this at the end of the 19th century and in 1911 exhumed the remains for reburial at a new site in the Boninovo district. Only 30 of the original tombstones remain. Many were used in construction of the northern side of the city walls, either following the earthquake of 1667 or during the First World War: some are still visibly embedded in the walls. The present cemetery contains about 200 gravestones, is well-maintained and surrounded by a high wall with a gate.
  • Visit Dubrovnik synagogue, which is believed to be the second oldest synagogue (after Prague) still in use in Europe. The synagogue was built in the style of the Baroque synagogues of Italy in the 14th century, on the third floor of a narrow and oblong building in the Jewish street and quarter. The inner decoration, in Baroque style, was completed in 1652 and has been preserved to the present day.
  • Visit the Museum of Dubrovnik Jewish community, which is located in the same building as the synagogue.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the hotel/synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Dubrovnik

Day Seven: Saturday, June 20, 2020
EXPLORING DUBROVNIK | walking tour

  • Explore the city's old historical center and view its main landmarks, including Stradun, Rector's Palace, Blaise's Church, Cathedral, three large monasteries, Custom's Office and the City Hall. Pass by various sites where Game of Thrones was filmed (for example the Pile Gate, the Jesuit Staircase and others).
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • Walk along the city ramparts, considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe and an example of how fort architecture developed. The first fortifications were built already in the 8th century, but the most intense construction took place from the mid-15th to the end of the 16th century. The ramparts encompass the city in an irregularly shaped polygon.
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Dubrovnik


Day Eight: Sunday, June 21, 2020
FROM DUBROVNIK TO SARAJEVO

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Dubrovnik and drive towards Bosnia & Hercegovina.
  • Drive to Mostar, which is famous for the Balkans' most celebrated bridge. The Old Bridge (Stari Most), built during the time of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
  • Explore the cobblestoned and picturesque Old Town.
  • Lunch en route.
  • View the former synagogue, built-in 1902 and burned down in 1944. The synagogue was reconstructed and is in use as a puppet theatre.
  • Continue the drive to Sarajevo, often referred to as the „Jerusalem of Europe” because of its traditional religious diversity - with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism, all these religions coexisting there for centuries. Major houses of worshipping are within steps of each other.
  • Check into the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Sarajevo

 

Day Nine: Monday, June 22, 2020
EXPLORING SARAJEVO & ITS JEWISH HERITAGE

  • Visit Latin Bridge, famous as the site of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which became the justification for the beginning of World War I.
  • Explore Bašcaršija, the old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city.
  • Visit the Museum of the Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina, housed in the old Sephardic Synagogue.
  • View of the Bosnian Cultural Center, housed in what was once the Great Sephardi Synagogue.
  • Visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, built in the pseudo-Moorish style. This building houses not only the synagogue but is also the Jewish Community building. Meet with a leader of the community for a better understanding of the Jewish community today.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Pass by the former City Hall, designed in 1891 by a Czech architect, and at the time the largest and most representative building of the Austro-Hungarian period in Sarajevo. The building initially served as the City Hall and now houses the National and University Library.
  • Visit the Zemaljski Muzej (County Museum) for insight into the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript from the 14th century.
  • Visit the Sarajevo Tunnel, also known as the Tunnel of Hope. The tunnel was constructed in 1993 and allowed the transfer of food, war supplies and humanitarian aid into the city under siege.
  • Return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Sarajevo

 

Day Ten: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
MEMORY & CONTINUITY

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Visit Jasenovac Memorial Site, on the site of the Jasenovac camp - a concentration and extermination camp that operated from August of 1941 until the end of April 1945. The camp was established by the governing Ustaše regime and not operated by Nazi Germany. It was one of the largest concentration camps in Europe and the camp has been referred to as "the Auschwitz of the Balkans". It is estimated that at least 70,000 Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies and Anti-Fascist Croats and Slovenes were killed in the camp. Many Jews from Croatia and Bosnia were killed here. The Ustaše destroyed the camps when partisans were approaching it. Only original trams remain of the complex, buildings and execution sites within the camp itself are marked by earth mounds and hollows. The path to the Flower Memorial is paved with railway sleepers. They denote symbolically part of the preserved railway track used to transport prisoners to the camp. 
  • Lunch en route.
  • Meet with Bishop Jovan Culibrk, of the Slavonian Serbian Orthodox Community, and visit the remnants of the former concentration camp's hospital where many Jewish doctors worked.
  • Continue the drive back to Zagreb.
  • Arrive in Zagreb and check into the hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Zagreb

Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Zagreb Airport for your return flight to the USA.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart on Air France flight #5075.
  • 11:05 a.m. Arrive Paris.
  • 1:30 p.m. Depart on Air France flight #688.
  • 5:00 p.m. Arrive Atlanta.

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Need to Know

  • Registration deadline: 1 January 2020
  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Payment Policy
    Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancellation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.
    • Initial non-refundable deposit of $250 per room is due by September 16, 2019.
    • A $700 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due by January 1, 2020 unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
    • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
    Cancellation fees:
    • From Sep. 16, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 - the $250 non-refundable deposit per room
    • From Jan. 1, 2020 until March 15, 2020 - $250 per room deposit + $700 per person deposit
    • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
    • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost
      Cancellation fees may also include:
      - Hotel or supplier cancellation fees.
      - For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
      - Group airfare penalty fee.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
    Air and land packages are open for registration until March 01, 2020 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 01, 2020 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.

  • Hotel Accommodations: The trip price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.

 PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d'hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.

  • AIR SERVICES

    • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
    • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
    • Air and land packages are open for registration until XXXX (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after XXXX(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
    • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
    • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see the Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.

    Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights.

     


     
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